Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lent: Sacrifice

Traditionally, the period leading up to Easter involves a time of sacrifice and repentance. This hearkens back to the time that Jesus was in the desert before he really began his ministry. It ends during Holy Week with the culmination at Easter. It is a time to reflect on your faith and how you are going to move it forward in the world. I would encourage all of you to sacrifice some time each day reflecting on what you truly believe and how you are going to project that to others. Are you living your faith? What does that mean to you? Are you comfortable sharing it with others? Why or why not? Is there something holding you back from fully committing to your spiritual path?

We all have doubts and insecurities. We can't have all the answers. Life is an exercise in constant growth and discovery. We change and our understanding of our faith may change. That is OK. What is not OK, is passively accepting all that is told to you. The beauty of being human is the ability to look deeper. That may bring you closer to your current faith or lead you on a new path. Either way, I feel, you will find greater personal fulfillment and be able to positively affect the world. So sacrifice some time, it can only lead to good things.

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